Three people killed, 10 injured as tornado levels homes in North Carolina

Rodiano Bonacci
Febbraio 17, 2021

A damaged vehicle sits among debris after a deadly tornado tore through Brunswick County, N.C., Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

Gov. Roy Cooper said dozens of homes were damaged by what he called a "fierce tornado".

NWS Meteorologist Mark Willis says the twister was spawned when warm air collided with a cold front bringing ice, snow, and subzero temperatures to much of the nation. The roar of a freight train. "We have many residents that have been relocated because of the damage to their homes, to their neighbors...we're now in the process of setting up a shelter".

It caused "a lot of destruction".

Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said searches for missing people were underway and will increase during the day.

The outages forced a Texas county to scramble to get more than 8,000 doses of Moderna's coronavirus vaccine into arms after a public health facility lost power early on Monday and its backup generator also failed, said Rafael Lemaitre, a spokesman for Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

She said she was surprised to hear heavy winds and thunder and see intense lightning just before midnight Monday.

Northern Louisiana is in the bullseye for the highest amounts of freezing rain from the incoming system, forecasters said in a Tuesday briefing, and more than a foot (30 centimeters) of snow was possible in Arkansas, according to the federal Weather Prediction Center.

Clemmons was among several residents who said they had little or no advance notice of the severe weather. "No forewarning", she said.

Steve McCreedy, 69, said by phone that he and his wife were awakened by their dog and dove into a closet as they heard their windows shattering and trees snapping outside. "And all of a sudden I just started hearing the rumbling, like they say, the train getting louder and louder", McCreedy said.

"So I yelled to my wife, and we have an interior closet that we have designated as the place to go when something like that happens".

Windows were shattered and nearby trees were uprooted.

He said the weather radio he keeps on hand never mentioned the possibility of a tornado until the storm was already on top of them.

"It feels unbelievable. I'm very grateful", said Harry Golen, a 19-year-old sophomore who waited for almost four hours with his friends, much of it in the frigid cold, and was among the last people to get the shots, which otherwise wouldn't have reached students until March or April. He said his neighbour's home was "levelled".

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